Corporal William L. Daniels

Corporal William L. Daniels

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, December 16, 1975

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William L. Daniels

Corporal William Daniels was shot and killed at a bar at 8th and Christian Street while off duty by one of four men during an armed robbery. When one of the robbers took his wallet and saw his police I D he shot and killed him. All four, 19, 20, 20, and 21, were apprehended.

Three suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to life. The killer was sentenced to death. In 1977 after the supreme court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional his sentence was commuted to life.

Corporal Daniels was survived by his wife and three girls.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 8009

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty

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On this 45th anniversary of your death I’d like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement brethren will always remember your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 16, 2020

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